This set shows beer sales by region. And I have to admit that I was shocked by what I saw. I was aware that Slovakia was more of a
beer wine country. But I wasn't prepared for just how little beer was consumed there before the war.
To put the numbers into context, it's handy to know how many people lived in each bit of the country. Bohemia and Moravia had a population of around 10 million, Slovakia 5 million and Silesia just 1 million. That comes out to very roughly 7.8 litres per head in Bohemia and Moravia, 18.7 litres in Silesia and just 0.9 litres in Slovakia. That's a pretty huge difference. On an annual basis, that's 94, 225 and 11 litres approximately on an annual basis.
That gap closed considerably after WW II. In the early 2000's, Czech beer consumption was 160 litres per head, Slovak 93 litres.
Beer consumption was, overall, 15% on June 1935. Which must have been pretty worrying for Czech brewers.
|Beer sales for domestic consumption by district|
|Bohemia & Moravia||Silesia||Slovakia and Ruthenia||In total|
|fall in hl.||109,291||28,543||7,708||145,542|
|fall in %||15.5||15.2||17.1||15.5|
|Przegląd Piwowarsko-Słodowniczy: organ Związku Piwowarów w Polsce 1936 wrzesień R.2 Nr3, page 66.|